Boys’ High gets go-ahead for £3.2m development

Exciting plans have been announced for a major development at Chichester High School for Boys.

The school this week learnt it had been given permission for a £3.2m extension which will provide a wealth of new facilities for pupils and staff.

The plans are for its Lancastrian Building, where the school was first founded.

Headteacher Gavin Salevsen-Sawh said the plans were good news for the school.

“After much lobbying regarding the suitability of our old (1929) Kingsham building, which is no longer fit for purpose, West Sussex County Council have agreed to the redevelopment.

“This is fantastic news for our school community.”

Mr Salvesen-Sawh said work would commence in January 2013, with the new facilities scheduled to be complete by September 2013 ,ready to be used by staff and pupils from start of the new academic year.

The new facilities in the Lancastrian Building will include a state-of-the-art drama studio and a new music suite complete with a total of six practice rooms.

There will also be a multi-functional hall area and a new area to accommodate its Modern Foreign Language (MFL) department.

In addition there will be suites for Special Education Needs (SEN) as well as an administration area and reception.

New science laboratories will be provided and also ten new rooms for general teaching.

Students will be able to enjoy their lunch in an extended ‘Chi Bytes’ dining room while a new 21st-century food technology room will help develop chefs of the future.

Mr Salvesen-Sawh said as well as this major building project, there were also plans for further developments after 2013, which would greatly enhance the school’s facilities.

These would include a lift, a new science prep area and the refurbishment of its existing food technology room.

The project would also include a new courtyard and the refurbishment and extension of the school’s technology workshop area.